Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The personal and professional lives of famed French choreographer Roland Petit and his wife, prima ballerina Zizi Jeanmaire, are affectionately scrutinized in this half-hour documentary. Best remembered by American audiences for her performance in the 1952 Danny Kaye musical Hans Christian Andersen, Jeanmaire was a star in Europe as far back as the late 1940s--as vividly evidenced by clips from the 1949 ballet Carmen, staged by Petit. Though the ride hasn't always been easy for these two highly talented, highly strung artists, the results of collaborations have never been less than brillliant. An expanded, 60-minute version of Zizi Je T'Aime was first broadcast October 14, 1998, on PBS.